If you want to buy Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming double-album, you’re going to have to shell out lots of money.
The group plans to release only one copy of The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, a 31-song secret album. No mass production. No digital streaming.
The group’s decision was influenced by technology, which Wu-Tang Clan believes has diminished music as an art form, according to a post on the website scluzay.com by members Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh and Robert “RZA” Diggs.
“The music industry is in crisis. Creativity has become disposable and value has been stripped out. Mass production and content saturation have devalued both our experience of music and our ability to establish its value,” the pair writes. “Industrial production and digital reproduction have failed. The intrinsic value of music has been reduced to zero. Contemporary art is worth millions by virtue of its exclusivity. This album is a piece of contemporary art,” the duo adds.
According to the website, the album “encapsulates the Clan’s legendary dark funk and avant garde sound and is produced in the original Wu Tang style of the 90s.”
The hip-hop group says The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album “will be put on listening display in renowned galleries, museums, venues and exhibition spaces around the world for only the most dedicated to experience before it disappears into the private collection of a buyer.”
The sole copy of The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will be presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya.
For those of us of more modest means, Wu-Tang Clan is also releasing a standard album this year, titled A Better Tomorrow, to mark the group’s 20th anniversary.
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